Westerman-backed forest bill advances
WASHINGTON -- Legislation to allow the U.S. Forest Service to speed up thinning of federal forests to control wildfires is headed to the U.S. House of Representatives floor after passing two committees.
The Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2015, House Resolution 2647, sponsored by U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman, a Republican from Hot Springs, was approved without a recorded vote by the House Agriculture Committee on Wednesday. The House Natural Resources Committee approved the bill a week before. Bills are frequently considered by more than one committee.
Westerman, who has a master's degree in forestry from Yale University and worked as an engineer and forester for 22 years, said by phone afterward that he feels good about the bill's chances.